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October 5, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH — The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as key GOP senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1,300 words after 10:30 a.m. vote. With: SUPREME-COURT-KAVANAUGH-SCENE — A day of passion, chaos and consequence on Capitol Hill as Kavanaugh confirmation voting looms. For comprehensive coverage of Kavanaugh’s nomination: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Kavanaughnomination

ELECTION 2018-GOP ENTHUSIASM — President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is threatening to erode Democrats’ enthusiasm advantage as the fiery debate over his Supreme Court nominee enters its final phase. Political strategists suggest that the GOP’s enthusiastic embrace of Brett Kavanaugh, despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, may have shifted the political landscape — at least temporarily — by injecting new energy into the Republican Party’s most passionate voters. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE — French rescuers on Friday were unable to find the possible sign of life they detected a day earlier under hotel rubble, a week after the destructive earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing more than 1,550 people and burying hundreds in mud and debris. With: INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-RIDING THE WAVE — The captain and crew sailing the Sabuk Nusantara ferry to new owners on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi got the task done and then some; INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE MISSING — One week after a magnitude 7.5 quake spawned a deadly tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, countless people have yet to find their loved ones — both survivors and the dead.(Both sent) For comprehensive coverage of the tsunami: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Indonesia

RUSSIA-CYBERATTACKS — The United States and other Western nations leveled a torrent of new allegations against Moscow’s secretive GRU military spy agency, accusing its agents of hacking anti-doping agencies, plane crash investigations and a chemical weapons probe as well as launching cyberattacks that rocked America’s 2016 election and crippled Ukraine in 2017. By Gregory Katz, Michael Balsamo and Raf Casert. SENT: 1,415 words, photos, video. With: RUSSIA-CYBERATTACKS-TEAM — U.S. and Dutch authorities released evidence that appears to link four Russians accused of hacking to a military intelligence agency; RUSSIA-CYBERATTACKS-THE LATEST.

POLICE-SHOOTING-SOUTH-CAROLINA —Authorities say a 74-year-old Vietnam veteran and disbarred attorney shot seven South Carolina law enforcement officers, using his marksmanship to hold officers back as their comrades lay bleeding on the ground. Fifty-two-year-old Officer Terrence Carraway died in the shooting. By Jeffrey Collins and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NOBEL-PEACE — Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to be announced Friday. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Prize announcement at 5 a.m.

MELANIA TRUMP-AFRICA — Melania Trump is visiting a national park in Kenya to highlight animal conservation efforts. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 175 words, photos.

PERU-SEA LIONS-PHOTO GALLERY — Foreign tourists are flocking to a group of rocky islands a few miles off the coast of Peru’s capital for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a chance to swim with sea lions. SENT: 190 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — The Washington Post is printing a blank column in its newspaper in solidarity with a Saudi contributor who has gone missing while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. SENT: 380 words, photos.

OBIT-DAVE ANDERSON — Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson of The New York Times has died at 89. SENT: 985 words, photo.

SHIPWRECK-LAKE ERIE — Shipwreck hunters think the remains of a schooner discovered in Lake Erie are likely from a sailing ship that went down nearly two centuries ago, making it the oldest wreck the oldest ever found in the lake. SENT: 585 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of “rage-fueled resistance” in the battle over his Supreme Court nominee, seeking Thursday to use the blistering nomination process to motivate Republican voters in Minnesota. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

WEST WING-RESISTANCE — Remember Anonymous? One month ago, the White House was consumed by a furor over an anonymous Trump administration official who authored an op-ed for The New York Times and claimed to be undermining portions of President Donald Trump’s agenda. But since then, little has happened. The investigation, which existed more in name than in practice, stalled. A move to clean house never occurred. The leakers’ identities remain a mystery. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 880 words, photo.

TRUMP-COUNTERTERRORISM — President Trump’s national security adviser outlines the administration’s long-awaited counterterrorism strategy and offers harsh words for Iran. John Bolton calls Iran the “central banker of international terrorism.” SENT: 315 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO-LAQUAN MCDONALD — The city of Chicago is watching closely for word of a verdict in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The jury determining Officer Jason Van Dyke’s fate is expected to continue deliberations Friday after starting them on Thursday afternoon. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With: CHICAGO-LAQUAN MCDONALD-CHARGES, CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-KEY PLAYERS, CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-TIMELINE (all sent).

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB — Joe Hunt, the infamous Billionaire Boys Club founder serving a life sentence without parole for murder, has turned to an unlikely source and his last realistic shot at freedom after 30 years in prison: California Gov. Jerry Brown. By Paul Elias. 750 words, photos, by 6 a.m.

MORMON CHURCH NAME — As Mormons gear up to hear news and spiritual guidance from church leaders at a twice-a-year church conference, they are still grappling with how to follow recent guidance from the faith’s new president calling on everyone to call the church by its full name rather than shorthand references that have ingrained in Mormon and non-Mormon lingo for generations. By Brady McCombs. 700 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

IMMIGRATION-TEMPORARY STATUS — Immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan are cheering a judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from ending their temporary protected status. The status allows hundreds of thousands of people from countries ravaged by natural disasters or war to live and work in the United States. By Philip Marcelo, Amy Taxin and Jennifer Kay. SENT: 840 words, photos.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-VICTIM PORTRAITS — Families of some of the 58 people killed in last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas met Thursday night with artists who spent days, weeks and months staring at pictures of their lost loved ones, trying to capture their likeness. By Michelle L. Price. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GAZA CONUNDRUM — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been sidelined, isolated and humiliated by the U.S. But the embattled Palestinian leader may still control the fate of the White House’s long-awaited vision for Mideast peace. In recent weeks, Abbas has thwarted a series of internationally backed initiatives aimed at rehabilitating the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,190 words, photo.

BRAZIL ELECTIONS-INDIGENOUS CANDIDATES — Brazil is seeing a significant increase in the number of indigenous people running for office in this year’s general elections, including the first native candidates on presidential tickets. The surge is part of a trend of indigenous people increasingly engaging with the broader culture and entering politics at a time when they feel their rights are under threat like never before. By Sarah DiLorenzo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.

SKOREA-CORRUPTION — A South Korean court has sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison over a slew of corruption charges. Lee has denied most of his charges against him and can file an appeal in a week. The president who left office in 2013 has been detained since his arrest in March. He was the first leader with a business background and once symbolized South Korea’s economic rise. SENT: 115 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MEXICO-POLITICS OF AUSTERITY — Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is famous for his simple lifestyle and got elected in July partly thanks to promises of “republican austerity” as an antidote for decades of corruption. So when the lavish wedding of one of his closest advisers landed in a glossy society magazine, it drew criticism. Lopez Obrador also attended and made the cover of Hola! — likely the last place a man who makes a point of flying tourist class wanted to be. By Amy Guthrie and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE’S HEALTH — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he might have cancer and is awaiting the results of recent medical tests. The 73-year-old leader said he underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago and was advised to repeat them. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 450 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-PASSWORDS — Visitors to New Zealand can be fined for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under new rules a civil liberties group condemned as a grave invasion of privacy. SENT: 265 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT-LOOKAHEAD — Healthy consumer and business spending is fueling brisk economic growth, emboldening employers to post record numbers of openings and raising expectations for another positive snapshot of the U.S. job market. Economists have forecast that the government will report that employers added a solid 184,000 jobs in September and that the unemployment rate dipped from 3.9 percent to 3.8 percent, matching an 18-year low. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 540 words. With: ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — The U.S. government issues the September jobs report. Analysts forecast that American employers added 184,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate slipped to 3.8 percent. By Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m., 400 words by 9:15 a.m.

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SPORTS

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RONALDO-SPONSORS — Pressure is building on Cristiano Ronaldo from his sponsors after Nike joined EA Sports in expressing deep concern with the rape allegation facing the soccer star. The five-time world player of the year has denied the claim. By Rob Harris. SENT: 1,067 words, photos.

US--SOULFUL SURFER — Hawaiian surfer Matt Meola doesn’t like contests, but is one of the bigger names in his sport in part because of his films. Don’t expect to see the innovative surfer at the 2020 Tokyo Games, either, when the sport makes its Olympic debut. It’s not his thing. He’s an avid hunter, fisherman and is raising a deer. That’s right, a deer named Doe-nut. He’s a soulful sort of surfer. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 990 words by 4 a.m., photo.

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